Massage Tools – I am one (maybe you too?) of the millions of people in the world who suffer from back pain. I have been dealing with Chronic Back Pain for many years now and still do currently.
My list of back-related treatments, therapies, and procedures is long. I have experienced treatments from one end of the spectrum to the other. From topical creams to having Transforaminal Lumbar Interbody Fusion Surgery (TLIF). If there is a treatment for back pain chances are I have tried it before.
Do you suffer from spasms, muscle strains, back pain? You can get relief from those issues and more by getting a massage from a massage tool. There is nothing like having a professional massage or sitting in a decked out massage chair. But having a professional massage can become quite costly. You will have to fork out anywhere from $70 to $150 or more to have a professional massage.
Keep in mind, you have to pay every time you want a massage. A massage chair will cost you a lot more upfront but at least you would have something to show for it at the end of the day. Well, actually for years to come is more like it.
A Massage Therapist or a Massage Chair is not for everyone. However, there are several different massage tools to choose from that you could get that might be a better fit for you.
Massage Tools for Your DIY Massage
When you use any of the massage tools it’s considered getting a massage the DIY way. Because you can give yourself a massage and not have to rely on anyone else. There are a lot of great massage tools on the market to make this happen. Many massage tools can be used manually meaning they do require electricity or batteries to run. The massage tools I am reviewing here do today require electricity or batteries to run. This means less work on your part. The last thing you need when you want a massage is to have to do all the work.
These massage tools will cost you a fraction of what a professional massage would. Keep in mind, once you get the tool or tools you need, that’s it. Every massage you give yourself after that is free from that point on. Unlike a professional massage where you have to sink money into it every time you want a massage.
Plus, no appointments to make and you get a massage whenever you want. Massages have many health benefits like stress reduction, increased circulation, better sleep and pain relief.
Most massage tools are portable and can be used anywhere. Many massage tools can be used in multiple parts of your body. Massage tools are great anytime and I absolutely LOVE them!
For me, regardless if I had chronic back pain or not, there is always a reason to have a back massage. As I stated above, they are great for relieving stress, improving your blood circulation, relieving back pain and more. There are many positive health benefits you will get from a massage.
Shiatsu Elite II Massage Cushion with Soothing Heat
Before I had ever used a massage cushion, I had made the assumption that they would not be that good. After having spent time in a massage chair I could not imagine how a seat cushion could even come close to that.
You have a chair that is built from the ground up specifically for massaging and therapeutic purposes. A massage cushion is made for massage purposes as well but you put it on top of the chair. For some reason, I had these preconceived thoughts before trying the massage cushion that it would feel like a massage chair. Which when you think about it that’s expecting a lot and not being realistic. Plus, it’s an unfair comparison.
When I finally tried the massage cushion I was pleasantly surprised at the massage it gave me. It was not like a massage you would get from a massage chair which is to be expected. But it was much better than I thought it would be and a nice alternative to a massage chair.
Not to mention, a hell of a lot cheaper.
The Shiatsu Elite II Massage Cushion is a very easy to use massager that features 3 massage styles: rolling with width adjustment, kneading shiatsu and spot massage. You can address any issues on your neck, seat, and shoulders all at once or separately. It has 3 preset massage programs and you can add heat for the consummate massage. This device comes with a programmed controller along with an integrated strapping system that will fit most chairs.
This cushion can fit many of your needs when it comes to a DIY self-massage experience. Choose between three back-massage zones of lower, upper, and entire back along with two different massage styles. If you want a deep muscle massage select the kneading shiatsu. The rolling with width adjustment feature works well for a gentle relaxing massage.
You can pinpoint certain areas with the spot massage feature. To add to your massage there is a heat feature for adding additional comfort. I think having a heat feature is a must when it comes to a massager.
The Shiatsu Elite II Massage Cushion has a pre-programmed controller making all of your options easily accessible at the push of a button. There is no need for memorization of button patterns to activate/deactivate. Its integrated strapping system will fit most chairs making the massage cushion secure and stay in place.
Finally, the tension in your neck & shoulders will get dissolved away from the massage. It adjusts to your perfect height and has the ability to reverse the massage direction for added comfort.
Cordless Throw & Cape with Soothing Heat & Vibrating Massage
Are you one of those people who is always cold? Imagine curling up on the sofa with a blanket that keeps you warm but gives you a massage at the same time. Introducing the HoMedics® Cordless Throw & Cape with tranquilizing Heat and a Vibrating Massage. This throw has a versatile design meaning it can be used as a traditional throw, or you have the option of converting into a cape for draping it over your shoulders. It’s perfect for sitting on the porch in the evening when there is a chill in the air or if you like to go camping, it will help you get through those cool nights.
The built-in massager will vibrate and relax any tension in your neck, shoulders, and back muscles. Then add in some heat from its heating feature for the ultimate soothing experience. This product features a rechargeable battery for portability and convenience. The controls are Integrated into the cape making using the massage feature very simple.
- Life of luxury – The HoMedics® Cordless Throw & Cape works as a super-plush convertible throw keeps you warm, and comfy as a throw or as a snap-in-place wearable cape.
- Good vibrations – You will get a Stimulating vibrating massage where you can adjust the intensity to deliver a tailored experience.
- Heat things up – The heat feature does add an extra layer to your massage that can be turned on with a simple press of a button
When you think of massage tools, this may not be what you would expect. However, I had to list it because of its growing popularity and track record.
Shiatsu Elite 3D Shiatsu & Vibration Massage Pillow with Heat
The HoMedics® Shiatsu Elite 3D Shiatsu & Vibration Massage Pillow with Heat serves up a circular kneading massage with stimulating vibration. This will loosen up tight muscles and help with the pain from strains.
There are some great massage tools that use cutting edge technology and this device is one of them. The pillow’s massaging nodes move in an inward and outward motion for providing a deeper, therapeutic massage. The 3D Shiatsu and Vibration Massage Pillow are built with a versatile design that allows you to focus on your shoulders, back, and neck.
Go Deep with the Shiatsu Technique
The shiatsu massage technique is great for loosening up tired sore muscles. This device uses massage nodes to pinpoint your knots and pressure points. Then use gentle-to-firm repetitive motions to loosen and relax your muscles. The deep circular movements is key to really working your muscles and releasing any tension.
Heat and Vibration for a Paramount Experience
The pillow’s optional heat and vibration features collectively infiltrate your tired and worn out muscles in your lower and upper back, neck, and shoulders. The vibrating massage aids in reaching deeper tissues and organs in your body. This is to stimulate the blood flow and soothe sore muscles. When you use the heat and vibration feature in tandem with the deep-kneading shiatsu massage feature, you will get a paramount massage experience.
Portable and Always Road Trip Ready
This product is designed to be portable. The pillow’s compact and lightweight design makes it easy for traveling. The pillow will easily fit on most chairs. It’s 6-foot cord and integrated controls make it easy to use just about anywhere.
Cordless SHIATSUTALK™ Voice Controlled Massager
As you probably have noticed by now that HoMedics makes a lot of massage tools. This is one of their best sellers. The HoMedics® Cordless SHIATSUTALK™ Voice-Controlled Neck and Shoulder Massager do a great job of kneading deep into your muscles to loosen up those knotted muscle tissues.
It comes with Voice-Control Technology that allows you to operate it hands-free. There is a rechargeable battery that makes it convenient and portable. This device has a soothing heat option that helps in caring for your tired muscles. The low, medium and high speeds give you total control of the massage intensity. At the same time, the reverse feature changes the massage direction offering a different dimension to your massage experience. The adjustable comfort flex handles and wrap make it easy to customize your massage experience.
Here is a rundown of the features:
- Shiatsu Massage kneads penetrating deep to loosen those tight muscles.
- Voice-Control technology could not make things any easier for you. You can not beat “hands-free”.
- Tranquilizing Heat to soothe and melt the knots in your muscles.
- Rechargeable battery for total flexibility and convenience.
- 3 Speeds will give you options because you will not always want the same kind of massage.
- Reverse Feature changes the massage direction just like a professional massage therapist.
- Adjustable Comfort Flex Handles gives you control of the shiatsu intensity level and you can adjust your arm length for complete customization.
- Comfort Wrap conforms around the neck, shoulders, and back.
Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager with Heat
When it comes to massage tools for your feet usually never list them in my reviews. Foot massages have never been my thing like it is for some people. I have always been into back massages because of my back problems and my history. But I had to list this one.
There are many health benefits you get from a foot massage other than feeling good. No matter if it’s your feet, back, head or any other part of your body. You get the same benefits from all of them. A massage will reduce stress hormones, increases joint mobility and flexibility, reduces muscle tension, eases pain, improving blood circulation and much more.
Do not get me wrong, foot massages really feel good. But for me, it’s one of those things where I could take it or leave it. In addition, I usually never write about foot massagers with the exception of when they are included as part of a massage chair or something similar to a situation like that.
I am always trying out different massagers when I have the opportunity. Ideally, if you can take a massager for a “test drive” before buying it? That’s the way to go. In my case, not only do I try them out to make a possible purchase but it’s part of my “homework” for my reviews as well.
One day I had walked into a Bed Bath and Beyond. They had a foot massager out on the floor you could try out. I decided to check it out, which happened to be the Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager with Heat by Homedics.
I took my shoes off and placed my feet into the foot slots. My plan was to only spend a couple of minutes with it. Those couple of minutes turned into 10, then 20 and I finally finished after a lengthy conversation with a sales lady from the store I managed to pull my feet out of the massager.
I spent a good 45 minutes in the store with my feet in the foot massager most of the time. Apparently, she owned one herself but it was a different model. She said it was the best thing she ever bought.
Her feet, understandably, would kill her every night from being on them all day. Then she bought the foot massager and could not believe how great her feet felt after the first time using it.
Her feet would still hurt at night after working all day. But she found that consistently using the foot massager on the days she worked. After a couple of weeks, her feet would hurt less at night on the days she worked. That’s before massaging her feet at the end of the day.
Well, I was pleasantly surprised by my experience in the store. But it was nice to hear her story as well.
The HoMedics® Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massage With Heat is a foot massager that provides an all-encompassing, deep kneading massage from your heels to toes and top to bottom. With customized controls and tranquilizing heat, your overworked arches and soles can finally relax. You will experience a variable air compression foot massage that uses a tender, metrical pressure to give your feet a tranquil massage.
The Shiatsu Pro has a calming heat function. This function must be used either with a massage, air compression, or with both. You know when you have the heating function engaged. It has a light that will glow red.
When adding compression to a heated foot massage, the results are a deeper sensation of pain relief. The compression uses mild, metrical pressure to give your feet that tranquil massage. You can choose from high, medium, and low compression intensities.
The HoMedics® Shiatsu Massager uses their deep-kneading nodes to dig deep and work out the pain in your feet. You will feel like you are at some expensive spa but in reality, you could be sitting in the comfort of your home. Knowing that this foot massager is yours to use as many times as you want, whenever you want. You also know it will pay for itself many times over.
It’s very easy to clean and store. To store this device, you want to place this foot massager in a dry, cool, safe place. Make sure you avoid contact with sharp edges and pointed objects. Never wrap the power cord around the unit and do not hang the unit by the controller cord.
To clean this massager, unplug the device and allow it to cool first. Only use a soft and slightly damp sponge for cleaning. You never want water or any other liquids to come in direct contact with the device.
The HoMedics® Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager has three different intensity levels. You have the option of choosing from low, medium, and high compression. You also have the option of keeping the compression function turned off. The compression function will help improve your blood circulation. The compression function lightly constricts then releases your feet. This allows your blood to re-circulate throughout your feet.
The deep kneading foot massager has a built-in heating feature. When using the heat it helps to get into any tired muscles throughout your arches and soles. The deep kneading nodes replicate the motions of a professional massage therapist to treat those tired puppies.
Customize Your Massage
This Shiatsu Air Pro Foot Massager has an array of different functions to choose from for customizing your massage. There is an air intensity with a compression option. The “Mode” button activates “air only” or “knead only”, or a combination of both of them. The “Knead Intensity” function changes the significance of your massage. You can choose from a range of low to high.
Read Before Buying
The following are for precautionary measures. You should consult your doctor before using any massage products/equipment. Especially, if you have or are any of the following.
Consult your doctor prior to using this product, if:
- You are pregnant
- You have a pacemaker
- You are diabetic.
- You have any concerns regarding your health
- You are diabetic.
The instruction manual has “Not Recommended” this stuff but it often gets over-generalized. Everyone is different and that’s all the more reason to consult your doctor first. Be safe.
If you are looking to get a massage from something that is more automated and less DIY. Learn More about a Back Massager.
Hi, I’m Drew. If you are suffering from back pain be it chronic or intermittent. I would love to hear your story?